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How JR was coerced by New Delhi to sign the Indo-Lanka Accord...


Thirty years ago, on this day (July 29th. 1987) an accord was signed by the then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Junius Richard Jayawardene the then President of Sri Lanka in Colombo that had far reaching... More

Malabar 2017: Does India have a friend in the Japanese Navy?


The recent participation of Japanese warships JS Izumo and JS Sazanami in the trilateral Malabar 2017 naval exercises (along with the Indian and US navies) marks the beginning of a new phase in Japan’s maritime power projection.... More

Is India moving towards a civil war?


In the name of cow protection, the self-proclaimed cow protector’s unleashed violence in several parts of India. Increasing incidents of ‘Mob Lynching’ and the silence of Modi government have encouraged the gau-rakshaks (cow protectors) and lynch mobs... More

Why is India sensitive to China’s road building?


The "eyeball-to-eyeball standoff" between Chinese and Indian troops high in the Himalayas is the longest yet. Usually border incursions are sorted out within days, but this one has been going on for more than a month with... More

Israeli-Indian ties reach new heights


When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on Tuesday for the first-ever visit to the country by an Indian prime minister, it will mark the apex of a century-old relationship that has plodded forward in fits and... More

OBOR: A vision as smooth as silk


Silk and spices, jade and jewels… the Silk Route conjures up exotic images of travel and trade, of the yesteryear. And now, as China presents the world with the One Belt One Road (OBOR) vision, these images... More

A rare national harmony on CPEC exhibited


The travel of all the chief ministers to China with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which is a great sight to watch, materialized only after his opposing provincial chief executives fully realized that the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC)... More

Buddhism being used as foreign policy plank by India, China, Sri Lanka...


Buddhism was born in India in 5 th.Century BC and spread to South and East Asia in subsequent centuries to be the dominant Asian faith till the advent of Islam in 7th. Century AD which made significant... More

There’s national identity, pride and protest in celebrating Pahela Baishakh


Pahela Baishakh, the traditional New Year, is a part of our economic history and it is a regional event too. It’s celebrated wherever monsoon comes in our region. It’s celebrated in Punjab, in our Bengal and even in Thailand.... More

Rohingya killings expose fraud of Burmese ‘Democracy’


The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month adopted a resolution setting up an investigation into serious crimes committed by the Burmese (Myanmar) security forces and nationalist thugs against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority in... More

The Untold Story of India’s Decision to Release 93,000 Pakistani POWs After...


On August 2, 1972 – eight months after the 13-day India-Pakistan war concluded on December 16, 1971 – India and Pakistan signed the Shimla Agreement under which India agreed to release all the 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of... More

Border killings: Govinda a martyr, Felani a memory


When 15-year-old Felani was caught in the barbs of the border fence between India and Bangladesh, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) guards opened fire and shot her dead. She had simply been returning home with her father... More

CPEC becomes center-point of transit trade routes


With related major energy and infrastructure projects being in full swing, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become the center-point where transit trade routes converge linking Russia with Central Asia. Pakistan has also provided a special security division to... More

Bangladesh: Curbing covert cultural osmosis


“Mujhe bhookh lagee hai, mujhe khaana de do!” the little girl called out as she came home from school. Her uncle, visiting from the village, looked perplexed. “What is she saying?” he asked, “What language is she... More

The voice of freedom


It’s February. It’s spring in Bangladesh. The trees are lit up with the fiery hues of shimul, palash and other brilliant blossoms. In the capital city Dhaka, all roads lead to the Ekushey Boi Mela, the annual... More

India has 3 times external debt than rest 8 south Asian countries...


India's foreign debt is the highest among the South Asian countries. Currently, rest of the south Asian countries combinedly have around 31 percent external debt of what India have. Pakistan and Sri Lanka is 2nd and 3rd... More

Shariah-Complaint Banking: Well worth a try


Poor and middle-class people, cutting across caste, class and community, were hit hard by the Narendra Modi government’s demonetisation decision, but the Muslim community was the worst affected. This was mainly because of its low participation in... More

Hydropower can change the face of South Asia


Bhutan and Nepal, two ‘least developed countries’ that could change the face of South Asia with the power of hydroelectricity. Both countries are part of Least developed countries (LDCs) listed by UN in 2016 and are expected... More

Bangladesh: Relaxing Investment Policy Cloaking Capital Flight


Bangladeshi investors are getting relaxed foreign investment opportunity without any specific policy. Bangladesh Bank will oversee investment on the case-to-case basis. No circular will be issued regarding how the permission will be considered. Analysts say that this... More

India’s NSG entry seems remote


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar led a huge diplomatic effort round the year to enroll  Delhi in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG). They met Chinese President Xi Jinping considering Beijing... More

Modi’s regime: Anxiety is rising


The scrapping of high-value notes will be good for PM Modi's mid-term scorecard, say foreign media It was difficult for observers to argue at the start of the month, with his term as Indian prime minister approaching the... More

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Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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